2015 Kentucky Derby News & Notes

carole
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Mon Apr 27, 2015 5:32 pm

How cool would it be though, the big athletic chestnut hooking up at the top of the stretch with the classic bay colt with half a tail, eyeballing each other to the wire! I don't want to see a horse win by lengths, I want to see a great stretch battle! This race really has the potential, lets see it happen! :mrgreen:
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Mon Apr 27, 2015 6:04 pm

Maybe they're downplaying Dortmund to get a better price on him at the windows.
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Mon Apr 27, 2015 7:03 pm

Thanks for the link, Kay...nice bunch of photos.
I agree that Firing Line is handsome, but IMHO, he was kind of upstaged by his pony. Hard to take your eyes off a big, black, thick-maned Friesian. :lol:
Bolo looks like he should be at Ascot (not 'Chrome :P ), because he sure has that turf horse build. Dortzilla isn't the prettiest pony, but I like the big lug.
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Mon Apr 27, 2015 7:22 pm

Dortmund just doesn't have a very pretty head. I find any over sized chestnut handsome though. As nice as Bolo, Dortmund, American Pharoah and a few others are to look at I think Firing Line is the best looking horse in the race. He's the perfect mixture of handsome and pretty.
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Mon Apr 27, 2015 7:23 pm

Somnambulist wrote:nevermind

AP sure is a super fluid mover. I could watch him run around circles all day and not get bored.

I'll second that!
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Mon Apr 27, 2015 7:39 pm

carole wrote:How cool would it be though, the big athletic chestnut hooking up at the top of the stretch with the classic bay colt with half a tail, eyeballing each other to the wire! I don't want to see a horse win by lengths, I want to see a great stretch battle! This race really has the potential, lets see it happen! :mrgreen:
Me, too, carole. First dead heat in Derby history?
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Mon Apr 27, 2015 8:01 pm

I prefer Bolo to Firing Line, appearance-wise. Firing Line looks a bit too show pony for me, too refined. Bolo looks like a stayer.
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Mon Apr 27, 2015 8:11 pm

Bolo has a Center Of Distribution of 0.58, which is a little too high to compete against Euro Grass Horses, Stateside --->YES!!!!!!!!....

I believe POINT GIVEN and CONGAREE were both larger than DORTMUND......
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Mon Apr 27, 2015 8:25 pm

And Zenyatta probably could have hip-checked Dort' into the rail with just a glancing blow of her Amazonian hindquarters. :lol:
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Mon Apr 27, 2015 8:33 pm

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:And Zenyatta probably could have hip-checked Dort' into the rail with just a glancing blow of her Amazonian hindquarters. :lol:

That would probably have triggered an 8.0 in the San Andreas Fault!
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Tue Apr 28, 2015 7:14 am

Derby horses continue to arrive at Downs; Bold Conquest works

El Kabeir (Scat Daddy) and Carpe Diem (Giant's Causeway) arrived at Churchill Downs early Monday morning for Saturday's $2 million Kentucky Derby (G1). El Kabeir arrived a little after 4 a.m. (EDT) following a 13-hour van ride from New York.

http://www.brisnet.com/cgi-bin/editoria ... i?id=48937
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Tue Apr 28, 2015 8:10 am

larrythek wrote:Bolo has a Center Of Distribution of 0.58, which is a little too high to compete against Euro Grass Horses, Stateside --->YES!!!!!!!!....

I believe POINT GIVEN and CONGAREE were both larger than DORTMUND......
Congaree was never that big. He was around 16.2.
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Tue Apr 28, 2015 4:11 pm

One thing I've noticed is how many "good" names we have this year. American Pharoah, Firing Line, Carpe Diem, Upstart, Frosted, Bolo, Materiality, Dortmund (well, barely)--any of these would be a worthy name for a great horse.
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carole
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Tue Apr 28, 2015 4:26 pm

Diver52 wrote:One thing I've noticed is how many "good" names we have this year. American Pharoah, Firing Line, Carpe Diem, Upstart, Frosted, Bolo, Materiality, Dortmund (well, barely)--any of these would be a worthy name for a great horse.
I think Dortmund is more than just barely good! I really like it! Also, though not really in with a chance to win, I really like the name Stanford!
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Tue Apr 28, 2015 4:36 pm

Yeah, Stanford (I forgot him) and El Kabeir are good names--even International Star, although its a little bland.

"Far Right," now, I hate. :twisted:
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Tue Apr 28, 2015 4:42 pm

One of the things that struck me in January was how lovely this pack of names really is. I'm a name nerd and that makes me really excited. Even the ones that sound like they're from YA books (International Star reminds me of that a bit) are nice enough to look at.

I just get very nervous about something like Icecoldbeeratreds being our next TC winner...so a crop of good names is nice. ;)
Not a wholesome trottin' race, no, but a race where they sit down right on the horse!
Like to see some stuck-up jockey boy sittin' on Dan Patch? Make your blood boil? Well, I should say!
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http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... by-preview

Haskins gushing over some of the contenders and Honor Code. Lol
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Wed Apr 29, 2015 10:20 am

Article on Tencendur, who sounds like he still is learning what it's all about. He might be bigger than Dortmund.

http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... -tencendur
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Wed Apr 29, 2015 10:45 am

Insane Crazy wrote:One of the things that struck me in January was how lovely this pack of names really is. I'm a name nerd and that makes me really excited. Even the ones that sound like they're from YA books (International Star reminds me of that a bit) are nice enough to look at.

I just get very nervous about something like Icecoldbeeratreds being our next TC winner...so a crop of good names is nice. ;)

I have a theory that the racing gods will only allow a TC to a horse with a good name. That's why Funny Cide and Smarty Jones couldn't win, and horses with good names (Sunday Silence, Real Quiet, Silver Charm) get beaten because it just wasn't their day. ;)
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